President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Harps On Peace Corps Role In Liberia’s Progress
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has underscored the significant contributions US Peace Corps have made to the progress of Liberia and its people.
She described as “noteworthy” the service that the Peace Corps have rendered Liberia, adding that Liberians are pleased to receive the recent team of medical Peace Corps, the first batch of its kind in the country.
President Sirleaf made the commendation when she participated in the special presentation of the Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award at the National Peace Corps Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Addressing conference attendees, who crowded the George Washington University hall, President Sirleaf commended Dr. Deborah Harding, in whose honor the Deborah Harding Women Achievement Award is named, for her tireless effort towards education.
Dr. Harding is the founder and President of the Liberian Education Trust, a transition initiative to help rebuild Liberia’s post-war education system.
She is the founding Executive Director of the Peace Corps Institute, and she has served the Peace Corps in multiple roles over the decades as a trainer in 23 African countries, among others.
President Sirleaf said Dr. Harding, who was co-founder of the Network for Human Rights in Liberia in the 1980s, has been close to the cause of women in Liberia, including girls’ education.
President Sirleaf congratulated the first recipient of the Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award, Dr. Sara Goodkind, and admonished her to continue the effort to empower girls and women around the world.
Dr. Goodkind is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania in 1995, Dr. Goodkind received a small grant for funding a girls’ empowerment camp with the goals of building leadership skills among girls, facilitating a sense of civic participation and responsibility.
Today the “GLOW” program is in Peace Corps countries throughout the world building gender equality, leadership, aspiration, self-esteem, health, and